Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fall 2012 Anime -- Full Previews w/staff, cast, trailer, pic, story, etc.

Sukitte ii na yo
For me, this is the season of shoujo: three promising new shoujo anime are coming. But there is also plenty of shounen adventure, and enough moe to drown a city. Here are a few interesting titles:
  • Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! -- KyoAni combines the moe of K-On with the comic madness and magic of Haruhi. The trailer looks great. Ka-ching!
  • Code: Breaker -- Hikasa Youko, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Yukana, Nakata Jouji, Saiga Mitsuki, Miki Shinichirou, and Kaida Yuuko (whew!) star in this adaptation of a good shounen manga, directed by the director of FMA Brotherhood and Kurau Phantom Memory.
  • Girls und Panzer -- More girls with weapons: this time, it's tanks. Stars Fuchigami Mai (excellent as Maekawa-san in Denpa Onna). Directed by Mizushima Tsutomu, the director of Genshiken, Squid Girl, and Joshiraku.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012) -- Can this new adaptation revivify an old franchise, as the Lupin III franchise was revivified earlier this year?
  • Jormungand: Perfect Order -- I loved the first season of this dark adventure, which is somewhat in the style of Black Lagoon.
  • K -- Bishounen urban combat with Sugita, Sawashiro, Miyano, Horie, Sakurai, OnoD, and rising young star Komatsu Mikako.
  • Kami-sama Hajimemashita -- Daichi Akitaro (Fruits Basket) directs Mimori Suzuko in one of her four shows this season. She rescues a young man from dogs and goes to live in a shrine.
  • Litchi De Hikari Club -- I'm not recommending this, I just wonder how they can make the queasy-making ero-guro of the manga into something acceptable on TV.
  • Little Busters -- The visual novel from Key (Kanon, Clannad) is so popular that its fans may never accept the anime. But Horie Yui stars. Uguu.
  • Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne! -- The director of Hayate and Yutori-chan and the writer of Maid Guy and Ben-tou animate a comic manga about a younger sister who wants into her brother's pants and won't take no for an answer. Could become a classic of its genre.
  • Psycho-pass -- A dystopic future adventure written by Urobuchi Gen (Madoka Magica), animated by Production IG, and starring Hanazawa Kana, Seki Tomokazu, Itou Shizuka, Sawashiro Miyuki, Nojima Kenji….
  • Robotics;Notes -- A high school boy and girl (Kimura Ryouhei and Nanjou Yoshino) build robots to save the world. Adapted by Hanada Jukki (Steins;Gate) from a visual novel.
  • Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo -- Moerrific story of a high-school boy who has to look after a cute genius girl so devoted to art she can hardly dress and feed herself. Adapted by Okada Mari from a novel, and starring Kayano Ai, whose voice is beyond perfect in the trailer.
  • Seitokai no Ichizon: New Anime (Provisional Title) -- Season one was one of the funniest anime I have ever seen. But a new studio, director, and writer have taken over for season two, so I await with both eagerness and concern.
  • Shinsekai Yori -- Creative future world and good-looking design. From an award-winning science fiction horror novel.
  • Suki-tte Ii na yo -- Good shoujo manga could become a good shoujo anime. You can't do any better than starring Sakurai Takahiro and Kayano Ai. Directed by Satou Takuya (Ichigo Mashimaro, Steins;Gate).
  • Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun -- Another good shoujo manga, in which our heroine is befriended by a guy who is an innocent monster, always beating people up. Starring Tomatsu Haruka and Suzuki Tatsuhisa. Directed by the director of Kimi ni Todoke. Written by the writer of Durarara.
  • Zetsuen no Tempest: The Civilization Blaster -- Ando Masahiro and Okada Mari, the director-writer team who made Hanasaku Iroha, adapt a manga involving magic and world-destroying evil for Bones.
Full previews below for all 36 new series: pics, trailers, cast, staff, stories, and links to more info. Click through from the alphabetical list, or scroll down to go through the shows chronologically in order of first broadcast.

Aikatsu!     ● Bakuman. 3     ● Btooom!     ● Busou Shinki     ● Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter     ● Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!     ● Code: Breaker     ● Gintama     ● Girls und Panzer     ● Haitai Nanafa     ● Hayate the Combat Butler: Can`t Take My Eyes Off You     ● Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb     ● Hiiro no Kakera 2     ● Ixion Saga: Dimension Transfer     ● JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)     ● Jormungand: Perfect Order     ● K     ● Kami-sama Hajimemashita     ● Litchi De Hikari Club     ● Little Busters     ● Magi     ● Medaka Box: Abnormal     ● Monsuno     ● Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!     ● Oshiri Kajiri Mushi     ● Psycho-pass     ● Robotics;Notes     ● Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo     ● Seitokai no Ichizon: New Anime (provisional title)     ● Shinsekai Yori     ● Suki-tte Ii na yo     ● Teekyuu     ● To Love-Ru: Trouble - Darkness     ● Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun     ● Wooser no Sono Higurashi     ● Zetsuen no Tempest: The Civilization Blaster     

Notes:
-- dates and times may change, and will be updated in my anime calendar, which should come out in two weeks' time. 
-- information from official sites, MoonPhaseAniDBAnime News NetworkJapanese Wikipediaet al.
-- English titles link to the Anime News Network encyclopedia; Japanese titles link to official sites. "forum" links to AnimeSuki forum.
-- click images to enlarge. 

Autumn 2012 Shows in Chronological Order:

Hiiro no Kakera 2
  (jp: 緋色の欠片 2)   jpWiki

shoujo supernatural reverse harem adventure
This second season is where things start to really move. Tamaki gains the use of her powers. The sword is unsealed. Takuma is infected with demon essence. The Tamayorihime shrine princess and her bishounen guardians meet more supernatural dangers together, with little help from her grandmother, who knows more than she tells.

Miyake Marie is getting more roles: in Jewelpet and Pretty Rhythm, as well as in Acchi Kocchi. The trailer link is to the OP for the first season.

director: Bob Shirohata   writer: Nakamura Yoshiko. From a game by Otomate.
seiyuus: Miyake Marie, Sugita Tomokazu, Okano Kousuke, Namikawa Daisuke, Hirakawa Daisuke, Shimowada Hiroki, Nomiya Kazunori, Aikawa Chihiro, Kubota Tamie, Nagano Yoshikazu, Mimori Suzuko, Isomura Tomomi, Yasumoto Hiroki, Kawahara Yoshihisa, Oohara Sayaka, Yamaguchi Rikako.
animation: Studio Deen. OP Fujita Maiko.
trailer. forum. sun 28 sep 22:00


Shinsekai Yori
  (jp: 新世界より)   jpWiki

sci-fi adventure
"From the New World." In Japan a millennium from now, people live in peaceful rural towns. An incident reveals to our heroes/heroines the reality behind the facade of their lives, and they learn the bloody history of their utopic world. They throw themselves into a fight to protect their friends and save a world on the brink of collapse.

The world is ruled by people with the "gods' power" of telekinesis, who monitor children, erase memories, and remove children who do wrong. And humans share the world with large, intelligent rats. From Kishi Yuusuke's award-winning 2008 science-fiction/horror novel.

I see the name Kudou Haruka in the cast: she was the young model who got the role of Hagumi in Honey and Clover in 2005, and a role in Noein in 2006. She returned with some minor roles last year, and now here she is with something more substantial.

The show has an interesting look, lots of drama, and apparently at least one actual sex scene. Experienced animator Ishihama Masashi is directing his first show. Experienced writer Sogo Masashi has done Fairy Tale, Snow Queen, Bleach, Prince of Tennis, Gantz, and Yukikaze. Promising.

director: Ishihama Masashi   writer: Sogo Masashi. Kishi Yuusuke (novel).
seiyuus: Taneda Risa, Toujou Kanako, Hanazawa Kana, Kudou Haruka, Toudou Mai, Kaji Yuuki, Takagi Motoki, Murase Ayumu, Namikawa Daisuke, Hirata Hiroaki.
animation: A-1 Pictures.
trailer. forum. fri 28 sep 24:30


Litchi De Hikari Club
  (jp: ライチDE光クラブ)   jpWiki

ero-guro comedy shorts….
The manga is perverse, violent, grotesque, involving torture and murder. How can the anime make this acceptable on TV? The official blog says it will be a "short comedy anime." How short each episode will be is unknown.

Nine students at a boys' school form a club whose head leads them into unspeakable acts. Eventually they create a god-like AI, who lives on leechee fruits, to help them seek out the beautiful women of the world. However, the AI falls in love with a girl captive…. The original anime ran in Manga Erotics F magazine, and has been released in English.

writer: Adachi Motoichi. Furuya Usamaru (manga).
seiyuus: Nakao Akiyoshi, Kimura Ryou, Tamaki Yuuki, Satou Hisanori, Hiranuma Norihisa, Hirose Daisuke, Oreno Graffiti, Tomioka Kouichirou, Katou Mao, Miyashita Yuuya.
animation: Kachidoki Studio.
manga. forum. mon 01 oct


Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
  (jp: となりの怪物くん)   jpWiki

shoujo manga
Capable, emotionless Shizuku is interested in nothing but schoolwork. One day a teacher gets her to deliver print-outs to Haru, a boy who has been suspended for fighting. She is the first person to visit the friendless "monster" and he decides she is his friend and eventually confesses to her. Hilarious romantic comedy manga could make a great anime.

Written for anime by Takagi Noboru (Durarara) and directed by Kaburaki Hiro (Kimi ni Todoke). Stars Tomatsu Haruka, who also sings the OP. I felt the Kimi ni Todoke anime moved too slowly, so I hope this has a bit more pace.

director: Kaburaki Hiro (Kimi ni Todoke).   writer: Takagi Noboru (Durarara, Sankarea). Robico (manga).
seiyuus: Tomatsu Haruka, Tanezaki Atsumi, Suzuki Tatsuhisa, Higuchi Tomoyuki, Hanazawa Kana, Terashima Takuma, Nakamura Yuuichi.
animation: Brains Base. OP Tomatsu Haruka, ED 9nine.
trailer. manga. forum. mon 01 oct 25:35


Kami-sama Hajimemashita
  (jp: 神様はじめました)   jpWiki

shoujo supernatural romantic comedy
Nanami's father runs away from his gambling debts and she is evicted from her home. On the street, she protects a young man from a dog and he offers to let her stay at his house -- which turns out to be a shrine. She becomes the new god of this rundown shrine, and the god of the diistrict. The young man then is revealed as a fox who somewhat reluctantly becomes her familiar.

From a fairly enjoyable shoujo manga by Suzuki Julietta. Veteran director Daichi Akitarou directed Fruits Basket. Seems like a match to me.

director: Daichi Akitarou (Fruits Basket).   writer: Suzuki Julietta (manga).
seiyuus: Mimori Suzuko, Tachibana Shinnosuke, Kishio Daisuke, Ishida Akira, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Satou Satomi, Namikawa Daisuke, Horie Yui, Takahashi Hiroki, Ookubo Chika, Atarashi Natsuyo, Morishima Shuta.
animation: TMS Entertainment. OP/ED Hanae.
trailer. manga. forum. mon 01 oct 26:05


Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter
  (jp: 超速変形ジャイロゼッター)   jpWiki

mecha adventure for kids and teens
"AI Cars" and "Gyrozetter" robot cars race through the streets of Yokohama. Our heroes and heroines attend a school for drivers, and are pressed into service against invaders. A strong staff and cast settle in for a potentially long-running mecha show for kids. A long list of top mecha designers includes Kawamori Shouji and Thomas Romain. Based on Square Enix's Gyrozetter arcade card game.

director: Mori Kunihiro (Shounen Onmyouji, SD Gundam),Takamatsu Shinji (School Rumble, Gintama; supervising dir.)   writer: Satou Dai (Eureka 7, Battle Spirits), StoryRiders. Square Enix (game).
seiyuus: Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Iguchi Yuka, Inoue Marina, Tanaka Rie, Nakata Jouji, Tamura Mutsumi, Kuroda Takaya, Fujita Saki, Miyake Kenta, Seki Tomokazu.
animation: A-1 Pictures.
trailer. forum. tue 02 oct 18:00


Jormungand: Perfect Order
  (jp: ヨルムンガンド PERFECT ORDER)   jpWiki

violent dark adventure
More episodes of the excellent adventure show starring Itou Shizuka, Tamura Mutsumi, Ishizuka Unshou and Oohara Sayaka. Shizuka-sama play a cool and daring young lady who runs her father's arms-dealing company, flying from adventure to adventure with a tough but human crew. Tamura plays a young ex-child-soldier who is after the arms dealers who helped kill his family.

The first series was well written by Kuroda Yousuke (Requiem for he Phantom, Hayate) and surprisingly well directed by Motonaga Keitarou (School Days). I enjoyed every episode, and the same staff is back.

director: Motonaga Keitarou   writer: Kuroda Yousuke (script). Takahashi Keitarou (manga).
seiyuus: Itou Shizuka, Tamura Mutsumi, Ishizuka Unshou, Hatano Wataru, Shinomiya Gou, Konishi Katsuyuki, Koshimizu Ami, Yanai Hitoshi, Katsunuma Kiyoshi.
animation: White Fox. OP Kurosaki Maon, ED Yanagi Nagi.
trailer. manga. forum. tue 02 oct 25:30


Wooser no Sono Higurashi
  (jp: うーさーのその日暮らし)

comedy shorts
These 3D short episodes center around Wooser, a mysterious mascot character whose charming appearance belies a corrupt heart. (Anime News Network) Sounds good to me.

director: Yamada Toyonori (first-time director, long-time director of photography)   writer: Fudeyasu Toyonori (Maid Guy, Milky Holmes). Usa Yoshiki (manga).
seiyuus: Miyano Mamoru.
animation: Sanzigen. OP Tia (written by supercell ryo).
tue 02 oct 25:35


Monsuno
  (jp: 獣旋バトル モンスーノ)   jpWiki

young shounen battle adventure
US-Japan coproduction has already appeared in USA on Nicktoons

director: Yoshiaki Okumura 
seiyuus: Kenn, Kanada Aki, Tano Asami, Suzuki Chihiro, Shimozaki Hiroshi, Iwasaki Masami, Kokuryu Sachi.
animation: Larx Entertainment. OP Rey, ED SV Tribe (both Lantis).
trailer. forum. wed 03 oct 18:00


Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
  (jp: 中二病でも恋がしたい!)   jpWiki

moe romantic comedy with special characteristics
Chuunibyou means "second-year middle-school disease," and refers to a kind of sophomoric pretentiousness, where someone imagines themselves to be things like smart, cool, tough, magical, etc. A boy who used to suffer from chuunibyou becomes the boyfriend of a girl who is still drenched in the "disease."

Humour, romance, moe, and some real or imagined magic and violence. This new KyoAni show appears to graft the moe of K-On onto some of the basic plot of Haruhi. Despite the calculation of it all, this looks like a winner.

The director of Haruhi and the writer of Rozen Maiden, sola, Nichijou and Steins;Gate. Young seiyuu Uchida Maaya (Rea in Sankarea) gets her big break. Here's another trailer.  Based on a light novel series by Torako with illustrations by Ousaka Nozomi.

director: Ishihara Tatsuya   writer: Hanada Jukki. Torako (novel).
seiyuus: Uchida Maaya, Uesaka Sumire, Akasaka Chinatsu, Asakura Azumi.
animation: Kyoto Animation. chara-des: Ikeda Kazumi, Ousaki Nozomi (orig). ED seiyuus.
trailer. forum. wed 03 oct 24:30


Hayate the Combat Butler: Can`t Take My Eyes Off You
  (jp: ハヤテのごとく!CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU)   jpWiki

comedy with moe characteristics
A new season of the popular comedy about a very capable young man who becomes rich tsundere Kugimiya Rie's butler.

director: Ueda Youichi, Kudou Masashi   writer: Oshika Rie. Hata Kenjirou.
seiyuus: (the recently married) Shiraishi Ryouko, Kugimiya Rie, Itou Shizuka, Tanaka Rie, Fujimura Ayumi, Takahashi Mikako, Yamazaki Haruka.
animation: Manglobe. OP eyelis, ED Yamazaki Haruka.
trailer. manga. forum. wed 03 oct 26:05


Gintama
  (jp: 銀魂 新作エピソード + 特選再放送)   jpWiki

samurai comedy
New episodes and selected repeat episodes.

director: Fujita Yoichi, Takamatsu Shinji (supervising editor).  writer: Yamatoya Akatsuki. Sorachi Hideaki.
seiyuus: Sugita Tomokazu, Kugimiya Rie, Sakaguchi Daisuke.
animation: Sunrise.
manga. forum. thu 04 oct 18:00


Btooom!
  (jp: Btooom!)   jpWiki

violent adventure
Sakamoto Ryouta is an unemployed 22-year-old who lives with his mother. But online, he's one of the world's top players of the combat game Btooom!!

One day, he awakens in what appears to be a tropical island. He sees someone and calls out for help. The stranger throws a bomb at him. Ryouta realizes that the game has become his reality. Will Ryouta be able to survive long enough to figure out how and why he ended up here? Will Himiko avoid being raped?

First-time director Watanabe Kotono directed episodes of Chihayafuru, Madoka Magica, and Aoi Bungaku. Hongou Kanata, who plays the lead, is a TV actor who played leading roles in the live-action versions of Prince of Tennis, Nana, and Gantz.

director: Watanabe Kotono   writer: Kuroda Yousuke (Infinite Ryvius, Hayate, Jormungand). Inoue Junya (manga).
seiyuus: Mimori Suzuko, Hongou Kanata, Sawashiro Miyuki, Nakamura Yuuichi, Ookawa Tooru.
animation: Madhouse. OP Nano, ED May'n.
trailer. manga. forum. thu 04 oct 23:00


Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb
  (jp: ひだまりスケッチxハニカム)   jpWiki

moe comedy
Yet another series of Shaft's take on Aoki Ume's popular manga. That makes a total of four series and four specials. It even led to Aoki-sensei doing the original character design for Madoka Magica.

director: Hachise Yuuki, Shinbou Akiyuki  writer: Hasegawa Nahoko, Ooshima Miku. Aoki Ume (manga).
seiyuus: Gotou Yuuko, Mizuhashi Kaori, Omigawa Chiaki, Harada Hitomi, Shintani Ryouko, Matsuki Miyu, Asumi Kana, Chou, Sawashiro Miyuki.
animation: Shaft. OP seiyuus, ED marble.
trailer. manga. forum. thu 04 oct 25:25


K
  (jp: K)   jpWiki

bishounen urban combat +?
Starry cast includes Sugita, Sawashiro, Miyano, Horie, Sakurai, and OnoD, with rising young star Komatsu Mikako (Bodacious Space Pirates) as heroine Neko ("cat"). First-time director did charades/animation on Mardock Scramble, key animation back to Fatal Fury 1994.

Writer "GoRA" is actually a group of well-known writers, who are collaborating. Rumours mention Nasu Kinoko of Type-Moon and Narita Ryougo of Durarara, as well as Arakawa Naruhisa (Steel Angel, Yosuga no Sora, Spice and Wolf). But no-one seems to have much idea of the story yet, except as we can infer from the trailers. Another trailer.

director: Suzuki Shingo (first-time director, experienced animation director/key animator)   writer: GoRA.
seiyuus: Namikawa Daisuke, Sugita Tomokazu, Komatsu Mikako, Tsuda Kenjirou, Ono Daisuke, Sawashiro Miyuki, Miyano Mamoru, Nakamura Yuuichi, Sakurai Takahiro, Horie Yui.
animation: Go Hands. chara-des: Suzuki Shingo. OP Angela, ED Komatsu Mikako.
trailer. forum. thu 04 oct 25:30


Zetsuen no Tempest: The Civilization Blaster
  (jp: 絶園のテンペスト ~THE CIVILIZATION BLASTER~)   jpWiki

mystery fantasy adventure
Magic and world-ending events across time. Yoshino's friend Mahiro has disappeared. As he searches for him, he is threatened with death. But Mahiro suddenly appears and saves him. Mahiro has made a deal with a great witch for powers that will enable him to take revenge on his parents' killers. Oh, and the witch is imprisoned on a hidden desert island at the time, just as the vampire queen was imprisoned in Shirodaira Kyou's other hit manga, Vampire Juuji Kai.

Director Andou Masahiro and writer Okada Mari did Hanasaku Iroha. But this is a very different kind of show. Bones. Solid cast.

director: Andou Masahiro (Canaan, Hanasaku Iroha)   writer: Okada Mari (True Tears, Canaan, Gosick). Shirodaira Kyou (manga).
seiyuus: Toyonaga Toshiyuki, Uchiyama Kouki, Mizuki Nana, Nojima Hirofumi, Sawashiro Miyuki, Suwabe Junichi, Koyama Rikiya, Yoshino Hiroyuki.
animation: Bones. OP Nothing's Carved in Stone, ED Hanazawa Kana.
trailer. manga. forum. thu 04 oct 26:00


Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!
  (jp: お兄ちゃんだけど愛さえあれば関係ないよねっ)   jpWiki

ecchi harem comedy
After 6-years' separation, Akito reunites with his twin sister Akiko and they start living together once more. She is all over him, wanting to sleep together…and won't take no for an answer. Gradually more girls move in, and Akito's days are a troubling paradise.

The director did Hayate no Gotoku, the writer Ben-tou, Maid Guy and Milky Holmes. There's some comic talent there. The show stars 14-year-old Kido Ibuki as the sister, and Ousaka Ryouta (Yuki in Tsuritama) as the brother. They are supported by solid pros: KitaEri, Shimoda Asami, Chihara Minori. "Whether it's deep or superficial, love prevails over everything." Another trailer.

director: Kawaguchi Keiichirou (Hayate, Sket Dance, Yutori-chan)   writer: Fudeyasu Kazuyuki (Maid Guy, Milky Holmes, Ben-tou).
seiyuus: Kido Ibuki, Ousaka Ryouta, Chihara Minori, Kitamura Eri, Shimoda Asami.
animation: Silver Link. OP Chihara Minori, ED Liliana Sisters.
trailer. manga. forum. fri 05 oct 23:00


JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)
  (jp: ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 (2012))   jpWiki

shounen supernatural adventure fighting
The long-running shounen manga finally gets a TV series. "The story of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure centers around the misadventures of the Joestars, a powerful family with English roots. Each member of the bloodline has a star shaped birthmark above their left shoulder blade.

"Dio Brando, the original nemesis of the Joestar family, and his descendants, have this distinguishable mark also, a result from Dio's 'theft' of Jonathan Joestar's body and inheriting the Joestar genes as well. The series spans several generations, with each part featuring a descendent of the Joestars as the main protagonist, along with a large cast of characters." (Wikipedia)

Written by the writer of Claymore and Casshern Sins. Directed by the director of InuxBoku. With Koyasu Takehito, Okitsu Kazuyuki, Kawasumi Ayako and Ueda Youji. Here's hoping this can revive an old franchise the way the recent Lupin III series did.

director: Suzuki Kenichi   writer: Kobayashi Yasuko. Araki Hirohiko (manga).
seiyuus: Koyasu Takehito, Okitsu Kazuyuki, Kawasumi Ayako, Ueda Youji, Shioya Yoku.
animation: David Production. OP Tommy Tominaga, ED Yes.
trailer. manga. forum. fri 05 oct 24:30


To Love-Ru: Trouble - Darkness
  (jp: To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス)   jpWiki

ecchi comedy with aliens
A TV series to follow the OVA, centering on Momo (Toyosaki Aki). The highly successful ecchi franchise rolls on. Director Ootsuki Atsushi came on board with Motto To Love-ru, and he was a perfect choice, having previously directed Kanokon and Ladies v. Butlers.

director: Ootsuki Atsushi   writer: Ootsuki Atsushi. Hasemi Saki (manga story), Yabuki Kentarou (manga illus.).
seiyuus: Toyosaki Aki, Fukuen Misato, Watanabe Akeno, Tomatsu Haruka, Yahagi Sayuki, Itou Kanae, Hanazawa Kana, Nazuka Kaori, Yuzuki Ryouka, Arai Satomi, Noto Mamiko.
animation: Xebec. OP Ray, ED Wakeshima Kanon.
trailer. manga. forum. fri 05 oct 25:00


Busou Shinki
  (jp: 武装神姫)   jpWiki

moe mecha slice of life
This slice-of-life battle story is set in a future that has neither World War III nor an alien invasion — just an ordinary future age. In this world, robots are part of everyday life. "Shinki" are 15-centimeter tall (about 6 inches) cute partners made to assist humans. Equipped with intelligence and emotions, they devote themselves to serving their "Masters." Shinki equipped with weapons and armor to fight each other are "Busou Shinki" (literally, "armed divine princesses"). The Shinki Ann, Aines, and Rane serve high school freshman Masato. Then a new Shinki, the bellicose Staarf, joins them. (Anime News Network)

Nice cast includes Mizuhashi Kaori, Asumi Kana, and Katou Emiri, among others. The writer and director are capable pros.

director: Kikuchi Yasahito (Macross Frontier, Infinite Stratos)   writer: Yokotani Masahiro (Keroro Gunsou, Reideen, MariaHolic). From a Konami game.
seiyuus: Mizuhashi Kaori, Asumi Kana, Chihara Minori, Nakajima Megumi, Katou Emiri, Mizushima Takahiro.
animation: 8-bit.
trailer. forum. thu 05 oct 25:55


Bakuman 3
  (jp: バクマン. 3)   jpWiki

shounen hard work with a touch of romance
NHK and JC Staff knew they had a hit on their hands before they started, since this is such a popular manga. But here we are in a third 20+ episode season. Our heroes have reached their first goal of having the most popular manga of the month. But more challenges lie ahead of them.

This show never clicked with me, perhaps because I'm not really a shounen fan. But it seemed to develop slowly. Perhaps, having liked the first few chapters of the manga, I was impatient for new developments I hadn't read. Great cast. Top-notch staff.

director: Kasai Kenichi, Akitaya Noriaki   writer: Yoshida Reiko. Ooba Tsugumi (manga).
seiyuus: Abe Atsushi, Hino Satoshi, Hayami Saori, Yahagi Sayuri, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Suwabe Junichi, Shimura Tomoyuki, Kawasumi Ayako, Fujimura Ayumi, Tone Kentarou.
animation: JC Staff. OP nano.RIPE, ED Sphere.
manga. forum. sat 06 oct 17:30


Haitai Nanafa
  (jp: はいたい七葉)

supernatural Okinawa slice-of-life
An energetic middle school girl named Nanafa lives in Okinawa with her grandmother, who runs a soba noodle shop; her beautiful older sister Nao, who is in high school; and her younger sister Kokona, who is in elementary school and has a strong ability to sense the supernatural. One day, Nanafa sees three spirits released from their imprisonment in a sacred banyan tree. As spirits start appearing, the peaceful life of Nanafa and her family begins to change.

5-minute episodes. The anime is intended for an Okinawa audience, and much of the cast was chosen in auditions there.

director: Kimura Hiroshi (Recorder and Randsell)   writer: Konuta Kenji (Library War).
seiyuus: Igarashi Hiromi, Toujou Hisako, Inoue Nana, Matsuzaki Rei.
animation: Passione. chara-des: Ueda Kazuyuki, POP (orig).
forum. sat 06 oct 17:55


Little Busters
  (jp: リトルバスターズ!)   jpWiki

romantic comedy drama from a visual novel
Popular visual novel from Key (Kanon, Clannad) gets an anime. Excitement is running high: the AnimeSuki Forum thread is almost to 2000 posts, 5-10 times as many posts as other new shows.

When Riki was little, his parents passed away. What saved him was his group of friends. They called themselves the Little Busters, and wanted to right the world's wrongs. His grief gradually faded away. Now the friends are in the second year of high school. Horie Yui stars. Uguu.

director: Yamakawa Yoshiki (Hatsukoi Limited, Kill Me Baby)   writer: Shimada Michiru (Emily of New Moon, Before Green Gables). Visual Art's/kEY.
seiyuus: Horie Yui, Tamiyasu Tomoe, Kanna Nobutoshi, Yanase Natsumi, Tanaka Ryouko, Oda Yuusei, Midorikawa Hikaru, Tatsumi Yuiko, Wakabayashi Naomi, Suzuki Keiko.
animation: JC Staff. chara-des: Iizuka Haruko. OP/ED Rita.
trailer. manga. forum. sat 06 oct 22:30


Suki-tte Ii na yo
  (jp: 好きっていいなよ)   jpWiki

shoujo romance
Tachibana Mei has spent her 16 years without making friends, or having a boyfriend. One day, under a misunderstanding, she drop-kicks a popular boy in school. For some reason, he takes a liking to her and one-sidedly says they're friends. Furthermore, he not only protects Mei from a stalker, but does it with a kiss….

Good "ugly duckling" shoujo manga could become a good shoujo anime. You can't do much better than put Sakurai Takahiro and Kayano Ai in he leading roles. This is one of the shows I am most looking forward to.

director: Satou Takuya (Ichigo Mashimaro, Steins;Gate), Kuroyanagi Toshimasa   writer: Satou Takuya. Hazuki Kanae.
seiyuus: Sakurai Takahiro, Kayano Ai, Kotobuki Minako, Uchiyama Yumi, Shimazaki Nobunaga, Taneda Risa, Maeno Tomoaki.
animation: Zexcs. chara-des: Okuda Yoshiko. OP Okazaki Ritsuko (deceased), ED Suneohair.
manga. forum. sat 06 oct 25:00


Code: Breaker
  (jp: CØDE:BREAKER)   jpWiki

shounen action romance
Directed by Irie Yasuhiro (Kurau Phantom Memory, FMA Brotherhood). Starring some terrific seiyuus: Hikasa Youko, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Yukana, Nakata Jouji, Saiga Mitsuki, Miki Shinichirou, Kaida Yuuko. Hikasa sounds great in the trailer, and Okamoto's gentlemanly strength is perfect for the role.

Sakura appears gentle, but is skilled in martial arts. One day she glimpses a young man burning people with a blue flame -- then he shows up as a transfer student in her class. She follows him and eventually discovers that he is not the evil person he seems, but is punishing evidoers himself. "An eye for an eye, and evil for evil." Good manga, with a chance of being well adapted.

director: Irie Yasuhiro.   writer: Irie Yasuhiro. Kamijou Akimine (manga).
seiyuus: Okamoto Nobuhiko, Hikasa Youko, Sendai Eri, Yukana, Nakata Jouji, Saiga Mitsuki, Kimura Subaru, Miki Shinichirou, Kaida Yuuko, Tsujitani Kouji.
animation: Kinema Citrus. OP Granrodeo, ED Suzumura Kenichi.
trailer. manga. forum. sat 06 oct 26:58


Oshiri Kajiri Mushi
  (jp: おしりかじり虫)   jpWiki

gag comedy
"Bottom-biting Bug." A gag comedy about Oshiri Kajiri Mushi XVIII, a 10-year-old insect who goes to Biting School to inherit his family's Biting Shop business. (ANN) Super-high-voiced Kaneda Tomoko stars as the bug.

director: Kojima Masayuki (Piano no Mori, Busou Shinki Moon Angel), Kozutsumi Pon (17 eps of Rita et Machin)   writer: Pierre Sugiura.
seiyuus: Kaneda Tomoko, Ise Mariya, Saitou Kimiko, Han Megumi, Hamazoe Shinya, Suzuki Takuma, Tokuyama Yasuhiko, Uchida Naoya, Toda Megumi, Sakuma Rei.
animation: Kinema Citrus. chara-des: Uruma Delvi.
20eps. sun 07 oct 07:55


Magi
  (jp: マギ)   jpWiki

shounen magical fantasy
In a strange faraway land lies the mysterious labyrinth called The Dungeon. A young boy, Aladdin, and his companion Alibaba, attempt to penetrate the secrets of The Dungeon and obtain the treasures rumored to be hidden there. Within The Dungeon, Aladdin meets many different people, and eventually discovers his destiny. (anidb)

A director who has done only a small number of shows, and a writer who has many hits, including Mai-HiME and Accel World. Attractive character design by Akai Toshifumi (Sora no Woto, Kokoro Connect). Cast to be announced at a live event 30 Sept. Ishihara Kaori is rumoured to be involved.

director: Masunari Kouji (ROD the TV)   writer: Yoshino Hiroyuki (Mai-HiME, Macross F, Accel World). Ootaka Shinobu (manga).
seiyuus: Ishihara Kaori...?
animation: A-1 Pictures. chara-des: Akai Toshifumi. OP SID, ED Nogizaka 46.
manga. forum. sun 07 oct 17:00


Teekyuu
  (jp: てーきゅう)   jpWiki

moe comic slice of life
Moe comedy featuring a girls' tennis club that hardly plays any tennis at all. The manga only started in March. This may be the fastest anime conversion ever.

The only one of the three announced seiyuus whom I know is Mimori Suzuko, who was Sherlock in Milky Holmes and is in four shows this season.

Director/writer Itagaki Shin did Ben-tou -- which is enough of a recommendation for me.

director: Itagaki Shin (Ben-tou, Black Cat)   writer: Itagaki Shin. Roots (manga).
seiyuus: Mimori Suzuko, Watanabe Yui, Narumi Kyouko.
animation: Mappa.
sun 07 oct 22:27


Ixion Saga: Dimension Transfer
  (jp: Ixion Saga: DT)

shounen fantasy adventure
Hokaze Kon is an otherwise normal boy who one day receives an inter-dimensional summons to the world of Mirror. He appears just in time to save the life of Princess Ecarlate, whose enemies are trying to prevent her political marriage. Kon, who knows nothing about Mirror, or how to get home, attaches himself to Ecarlate's entourage. (anidb)

Three rising young seiyuus (Mikami Shiori, Eguchi Takuya, Hosoya Yoshimasa) are backed by a strong cast of older stars (Nakai Kazuya, Shintani Ryouko, Kamiya Hiroshi. Suzumura Kenichi, Saiga Mitsuki, Yusa Kouji, Sugita Tomokazu). Top director and writer did Gintama. Promising show.

director: Takamatsu Shinji (School Rumble, Gintama)   writer: Yamatoya Akatsuki (Simoun, Gintama, To Love-ru). Capcom (game).
seiyuus: Mikami Shiori, Eguchi Takuya, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Nakai Kazuya, Shintani Ryouko, Kamiya Hiroshi, Suzumura Kenichi, Yusa Kouji, Saiga Mitsuki, Sugita Tomokazu.
animation: Brains Base. chara-des: Takeuchi Shinji. OP Golden Bomber.
trailer. forum. sun 07 oct 25:05


Aikatsu!
  (jp: アイカツ!)   jpWiki

shoujo idol competition
A tie-in to a Bandai card game in which players collect clothing cards to help their idols pass auditions. Of course this sounds pretty childish, but that doesn’t mean the anime will be worthless. Yumeiro Patissiere had a similar commercial basis, as does Jewelpet.

Director Kimura Ryouichi has directed episodes of Zettai Shounen, Hanamaru Kindergarten, and Natsuiro Kiseki, but this is his first full show. He will work under the supervision of Mizushima Seiji (FMA, Gundam00, Hanamaru Kindergarten). Writer Katou Youichi wrote Miracle Train, as well as episodes of Space Brothers, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, and Shangri-la. The cast is a mix of newcomers with well-known names such as Kotobuki Minako, Seto Asami, and Noto Mamiko.

director: Kimura Ryouichi, sup. Mizushima Seiji   writer: Katou Youichi.
seiyuus: Morohoshi Sumire, Tadokoro Azusa, Oohashi Ayaka, Kotobuki Minako, Seto Asami, Noto Mamiko, Yasumura Makoto, Matsutani Kaya.
animation: Sunrise. OP/ED Waka, Fuuri, Risako (and Sunao in the ED).
forum. mon 08 oct 19:30


Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
  (jp: さくら荘のペットな彼女)   jpWiki

ecchi romantic comedy
After being kicked out of the main dorms for bringing in a stray cat, Kanda Sorata is forced to live in the smaller Sakura Hall, with the problem students. Although he doesn’t mind his roommates, Sorata can’t wait to move out.

But when Shiina Mashiro moves into the dorm, everything changes. Mashiro is an artistic genius who, at a young age, has won many awards for her art. But due to her childhood being so focused on art, she has no common sense or social skills. Forced to take the role of looking after Mashiro, Sorata learns about himself and begins on a path of self-improvement. (Mangafox, vyc)

This is Ishizuka Atsuko's first full series as director. She did several eps of NANA, and eps of Aoi Bungaku, Supernatural, Mouryou no Hako, Chihayafuru, etc. Okada Mari is adapting the original novel.

Kayano Ai and Matsuoka Yoshitsugu star, backed up by Horie Yui, Takamori Natsumi, Sakurai Takahiro, Toyoguchi Megumi, and others. In the preview, Kayanon sounds amazing. A group of the seiyuus does the OP, and the ED is sung by outstanding teenager Suzuki Konomi, who belted out Choir Jail, the ED for Sankarea.

director: Ishizuka Atsuko   writer: Okada Mari. Kamoshida Hajime (novel).
seiyuus: Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Kayano Ai, Horie Yui, Nakatsu Mariko, Takamori Natsumi, Sakurai Takahiro, Toyoguchi Megumi.
animation: JC Staff. OP seiyuus, ED Suzuki Konomi.
trailer. manga. 24eps. forum. mon 08 oct 24:30


Girls und Panzer
  (jp: Girls und Panzer)

moe comedy
In this world, "Sensha-do", the military art of using battle tanks, as important to a young lady as flower arrangement and tea ceremony. Tank battles are a school sport. Nishizumi Miho is a new transfer student who just wants a normal school life. But she is forced into Sensha-do, with the goal of becoming part of the school's team in the national tournament. To make matters worse, every single member of the team is quite weird. (anidb)

Top staff includes director Mizushima Tsutomu (Genshiken, Squid Girl, Joshiraku) and famous writer Yoshida Reiko (Marimite, K-On, etc.). The cast includes some well-known names (Iguchi Yuka, Kayano Ai, Fukuen Misato, Sendai Eri) and some lesser knowns. One of the latter is Fuchigami Mai, whom I have been waiting to hear again since she was so good as Maekawa-san in Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko. She is the main character here.

director: Mizushima Tsutomu (Genshiken, Squid Girl, Joshiraku)   writer: Yoshida Reiko.
seiyuus: Fuchigami Mai, Kayano Ai, Ozaki Mami, Iguchi Yuka, Nakagami Ikumi, Sendai Eri, Moriya Satomi, Kikuchi Mika, Fukuen Misato, Kirimura Mari.
animation: Actas. OP Choucho, ED seiyuus.
trailer. manga. forum. mon 08 oct 25:00


Medaka Box: Abnormal
  (jp: めだかボックス アブノーマル)   jpWiki

school comedy
A second season for the poorly received adaptation of a good manga written by Nisio Ishin. The good source and great cast were somehow wasted by Gainax and director Saeki Shouji. I could just never believe Toyosaki Aki in the role of Medaka. But hope springs eternal….

director: Saeki Shouji   writer: Nishio Ishin, Akatsuki Akira.
seiyuus: Ono Yuuki, Toyosaki Aki, Namikawa Daisuke, Kayano Ai, Katou Emiri.
animation: Gainax.
trailer. manga. forum. wed 10 oct 25:20


Psycho-pass
  (jp: Psycho-pass)   jpWiki

dark adventure in dystopic future
Okay, strap yourself in. Here comes a dark adventure written by Urobuchi Gen, animated by Production IG, and starring seiyuus at the top of the craft: Hanazawa Kana is almost the least of them, compared to Seki Tomokazu (who actually teaches seiyuus), Itou Shizuka, Sawashiro Miyuki, Nojima Kenji….

The only possible fly in the ointment is director Shiotani Naoyoshi, whose only previous directoral credits are Tokyo Marble Chocolate OVA and the Blood-C movie. Posters on AnimeSuki worry that this could fail like Guilty Crown. Time will tell, but Urobuchi Gen (Madoka Magica, Phantom, Fate/Zero, Nitroplus games) should be able to inject something powerful and unique that could carry it.

In the future, people are tested for various psychological factors, including a "criminality coefficient." If the coefficient is high, they are refused a "psychopass" and taken out of circulation before they can commit a crime. But if it is very high, they are offered the chance to train as police detectives. Each is assigned to an executive officer -- one of society's elite, with low criminality and high intelligence -- who monitors them to prevent them slipping into crime. noitaminA

director: Shiotani Naoyoshi, (chief dir) Motohiro Katsuyuki   writer: Urobuchi Gen.
seiyuus: Seki Tomokazu, Hanazawa Kana, Nojima Kenji, Itou Shizuka, Arimoto Kinryuu, Sawashiro Miyuki.
animation: Production IG. chara-des: Asano Kyoji, Amano Akira (orig). OP Ling Tosite Sigure, ED Egoist (ryo, chelly).
trailer. 22eps. forum. thu 11 oct 24:45


Robotics:Notes
  (jp: ロボティクス・ノーツ)   jpWiki

sci-fi from a visual novel
It is the year 2019. On the island of Tanegashima, Central Tanegashima High School's Robot Research Club, which has only two members, is on the verge of being disbanded. Yashio Kaito is fully absorbed in developing his robot fighting game. Club president Senomiya Akiho is a girl who is determined to save the club by completing construction of a giant robot.

One day Kaito is in a park, working on his computer game as usual. He hears a girl's voice and discovers a report describing a plot with world-wide implications. (anidb)

My initial interest in this show was to hear Nanjou Yoshino in a lead role. She played Koko in Da Capo 2, and plays Gankyou in Joshiraku. She is also the vocalist for fripSide.

Then I noticed that the anime adaptation is by Hanada Jukki, who wrote Rozen Maiden, sola, Kuragehime, Nichijou, and Steins;Gate. Director Nomura Kazuya, on the other hand, has only done Sengoku Basara. This and Psycho-Pass are this season's two offerings from noitaminA.

director: Nomura Kazuya   writer: Hanada Jukki. Mages (visual novel).
seiyuus: Nanjou Yoshino, Kimura Ryouhei, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Nazuka Kaori, Tokui Sora, Kugimiya Rie, Inoue Kikuko, Honda Takako, Ueda Youji, Sawasa Toshiko, Fukuda Nobuaki, Morikawa Toshiyuki, Koyama Takehiro, Miki Shinichirou.
animation: Production IG. OP Zwei, ED fumika.
trailer. forum. thu 11 oct 25:15


Seitokai no Ichizon: New Anime (provisional title)
  (jp: 生徒会の一存 新アニメ (仮))   jpWiki

absurd comedy
A second season for the enjoyable absurd comedy series. I considered the first season my second favorite comedy anime of all time, after Ichigo Mashimaro. The comedy was leavened with some touching serious emotion.

Kondou Takashi's character is intent on making all four of the girls with him on the student council into his harem. They are not so interested, and are able to put him off in their various ways: the girls are played by Honda Mariko, Nomizu Iori, Togashi Misuzu, and Mina. Four good performances without a well-known name among them.Togashi is also a vocalist with Lia's group, Veil.

Directed by Imaizumi Kenichi (Hitman Reborn). Adapted from Sekina Aoi's novel by Yoshida Reiko (Marimite, etc.). I am looking forward to this series with some trepidation, since the first series was directed by Satou Takuya (Ichigo Mashimaro) and written by Hanada Jukki (Steins;Gate)…. Some people do like AIC's animation better than the first series' animation by Studio Deen.

director: Imaizumi Kenichi   writer: Yoshida Reiko. Aoi Sekina (novel).
seiyuus: Mina, Honda Mariko, Nomizu Iori, Togashi Misuzu, Kondou Takashi, Furuya Shizuka, Tamaoki Youko, Horikawa Chika, Kobayashi Motoko, Sadohara Kaori.
animation: AIC.
trailer. manga. forum. sat 13 oct 23:30

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you mean Fall 2012.

hashi said...

@anonymous -- Thanks. Fixed.

Jay said...

I did this one > http://thecolorless.net/posts/show/38688?offset=0#post-38857

Is the data accurate enough in terms of Seiyuu counts?

hashi said...

@Jay -- By my count, there are 2 seiyuus with five roles (Namikawa Daisuke and Sawashiro Miyuki), 5 with four roles, 5 with three roles, and 27 with two roles -- and a total of 221 seiyuus have roles (502 roles altogether). And I probably haven't covered everyone. I get my data from ANN and the official sites, mainly.

Also, I see four anime I'd call shoujo: Kamisama Hajimemashita, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Sukitte ii na yo, and the young-girls' shoujo Aikatsu.

Nice work.

Kunagisa said...

No mention of Initial D!!!

I actually read a bit of all the shoujo manga adaptations a year or two ago, and was quite surprise to see them all come up this season. I was really interested in Aikatsu when it was announced because of Sunrise, but I'm not a fan of studio 11 (iirc you enjoyed NatsuKiseki?).

Very, very happy to see Komatsu in a lead role again, with a healthy dosage of Kayano as well.

Nice to see an update despite your seemingly engaging daily schedule. Look forward to the schedule to see which one you're interested in.

お疲れ

Jay said...

Thanks, Hashi. Will look forward to making another set of those babies by the end of the year.

Zyl said...

Isn't Choir Jail the ED for Tasogare Otome x Amnesia?

Highway said...

Zyl, it was the OP for Tasogare Otome x Amnesia. The ED was Calendrier.

Anonymous said...

Any news on Yuuki Aoi recently? I didn't see her in any roles last season.

hashi said...

@anonymous -- Ao-chan is in no new animes this season, unless she gets a minor role. It seems she is consumed with her upcoming stage show with Mizuki Nana (!?), and with some games, and with radio, and with Pokemon BW, and probably with college.

hashi said...

And by the way, sorry to everyone for being absent a while. Busy and on the road. Schedule coming up. I'm enjoying lots of the new shows, especially Shinsekai yori and Sukitte ii na yo.

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